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At the time of compiling this report, the New Mexico Department of Health, announced a total of 21,773 New Mexico COVID-19 confirmed positive cases. In addition, COVID-19 cases locally impacting the area are as follows: Grant County rose to 71 total cases with 26 recovered; Luna County increasing to 241 total cases and 59 recovered; Hidalgo County remaining at 89 total cases with 30 recovered; and Catron County rose to 5 total cases. Statewide, there are 138 individuals currently hospitalized statewide and 8,950 individuals designated as totally recovered.

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham gave a press update yesterday afternoon on COVID-19 efforts that currently impact the state. Among the highlights shared with the public, new visitation guidelines for Long-Term Care facilities were discussed in detail that included:

  • No active COVID cases in facility
  • Visitors must be healthy
  • Social distancing required
  • Appropriate PPE must be worn

In addition, outdoor visits are permitted by appointment using a plexiglas visitation station or open-window visits. Social distancing will remain at 6-feet with both parties wearing masks and 12-feet if the resident is unable to wear a mask. The goal is to have resident visits once a month beginning with counties with low case and test positivity. Locally, those counties that qualify with less than 5% test positivity rate and less than 10 average daily cases per 100,000 residents include Grant and Hidalgo counties.

Partners of the Southwest New Mexico Collaborative are offering a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals that would like to work outdoors on public lands this summer and fall. Some of the projects include adopt the Gila River Bird Area on the Silver City Ranger District; Campground cleanup at City of Rocks State Park; Invasive plant removal at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument; and many opportunities. For more information, call Faryl Smith, AmeriCorps Community Volunteer Ambassador, at 575-536-9461 ext. 31 or visit the Gila National Forest page on Facebook.

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